Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Just cause it's Wednesday and I'm done with sports and CCE and homework. It's leg day and I got an hour of cardio in. Hands down my favorite, not saying I stock pile, but I never open if I don't have backups. @llamamalbec, #llama #llamamalbec, #wine, #malbec , #vino
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I give this Costume magazine to my son and tell him to pick out a costume. He studied it, brings it back and points out the little ghost character. "This one momma." He's so innocent and unaffected. Charlie Brown ghost it is! @costumeexpress, #Halloween, #ghost
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Friday, September 25, 2015

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Trimming it this weekend. Butter London Lippie in Toff. Yay! #haironfleek #bob #shorthairdontcare, @butterlondon #lippies
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Hair on fleek! YSL rouge pur couture 19. @ysl, #yslrougepurcouture
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Happy Fall! Is it too early for Halloween socks? #fallishere , #halloweensocks
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NYX Go-To Palette - Wanderlust



I know these are not new, I have seen reviews for them as early as February of this year. However, they just landed on my local HEB end cap. And, well LOOK at those colors!!


These palettes contain six eye shadows, a blush, highlighter and a bronzer. It is really nice having everything in one place for quick application or travel. NYX typically has such great quality and is relatively drug store priced, I always find new NYX products hard to pass up. There are two palettes, Wanderlust (warm toned)  and Bon Voyage (cooler toned). Naturally I was drawn to the warmer palette with it's earth tones. Bon Voyage is more colorful with an emerald green and navy/purple.



Wanderlust has a cream pearl, pink rust-like shimmer, warm bronze pearl, warm medium matte brown, beige glitter and a bronze plum pearl.  
Both palettes host the same champagne highlight and matte warm contour/bronzer shade. Wanderlust has a peachy toned blush, while Bon Voyage has a cooler toned pink blush.





Typical for NYX, the blush and bronzer are powdery, but they are pigmented and matte. I prefer matte finishes as long as the highlight is glowy, almost celestial. There is a good amount of glow here.

LIKES
I love that there's no mirror. WHY? I do my makeup in front of a mirror, not in a car. Second, there's no applicator or dual ended brush. Once again, I have cultivated a very careful collection of eye brushes. Dual ended brushes and I do not mix, nor do sponge tipped applicators.

IRKS

There is one thing that irks me. While I prefer warm earth toned shadows on my eyes I prefer blushers that are pink and cooler in tone.  I am not a fan of the apricot/coral/peach warm blush of the Wanderlust palette.  So while I prefer the shadows of one palette I prefer the blush shade of the other (Bon Voyage). I know the shades were matched to create a cohesive colored palette. But I find that matching my shadow and blush tones does not work for me, as my personal preference is to match my lip product to my blush.  


New at my HEB. This was not there this weekend, but I popped in Tuesday morning for soccer snacks and there it was. Gorgeous shades, wonderful quality. @HEB, @nyxcosmetics, #wanderlust, #pearland2heb
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

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Lip of the day mac velvet teddy. @maccosmetics #velvetteddy, #lipstick #lips #lotd
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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Today's lip. Butter London lippy bloody brilliant lip crayon in Disco Biscuit @butterlondon #butterlondon #lippy #bloodybrilliant #discobiscuit
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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I feel like @ipsy finally gets me! #happy, #fallishere , #ipsylove
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Monday, September 14, 2015

NYX Color Correcting Concealer

I purchased this in April, and it has been an item that I relied on so heavily the first several months after Harper was born. In fact it was the first makeup purchase I made on my first trip outside. I have a predictable beauty routine, but feeding a newborn every 90 minutes took a toll on everything. Nursing exclusively to establish a strong milk supply was vital to me those first three months, and my concealer was NOT cutting it. Sure it masked some darkness, but I like a very bright under eye and there were shadows showing through. Usually, I head to Sephora for beauty purchases, but the standalone Ulta was appealing since I had my new baby, my son and an incision to care for.

I knew from color theory and YouTube that I was in need of something salmon colored, pink-orange based and a true corrector in terms of consistency. Nothing watery or too sheer or concealer like. I needed pasty, opaque coverage that would sit nicely under my eye in preparation for concealer and setting powder.

Now, I am not sure if the placement of the shades was done meaningfully or if they just landed in their positions, but so often corrector palettes are thrown together and shades do not coincide with each other. These shades totally relate to each other. Handy if you forget what purple conceals.


Yellow conceals purple/blue tones. 
 Purple neutralizes yellow. 
Green neutralizes red/pink/salmon tones. 
 Salmon conceals green/blue/purple tones. 

They are all sitting right on top of one another, so if you forget you can just refer to the color above or below to remember. Also, the darker concealers are helpful for dark freckles or brown spots. Sometimes with age/brown spots it is necessary to correct with a shade darker than your skin, and then conceal with an appropriate skin tone shade above.

THAT is really the key to correcting color. Always correct with the relevant tone and then conceal on top with concealer, then set with powder.

Harper is now nearing the six month mark and with a very strong milk supply I get more sleep at night. She still feeds every 2-3 hours, but at night she can go a four hour stretch before nursing. This affects my dark circles so much that I do not need to correct every single day anymore. This is handy though for those red pimples that raging hormones bring on.

XXX, - E

Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Ombre hair the lazy way. Kinda liking it for now. It will be chocolate-y-er soon. Hourglass blush, MAC Faux lipstick, NYX pale pink liner #maccosmetics, #quay, #hourglass, #nyxcosmetics
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Eva was thrilled to see pumpkins at mass today. Fall is here! Someone tell Mother Nature! #sthelens, #fall, #pumpkins
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

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Family selfie on Dillard's potty room. Not a restroom, a "potty room." @dillards, #dillards #baybrook #restroomselfie #family
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Not cool out yet, but I busted out my scarves anyway. Wishful thinking. Come on Houston. @brokedown, #brokedownclothing, @converse, #converse
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I am hoping this helps. Dry and damaged is my hair in a nutshell. Thanks to Influenster and Kerastase. @KerastaseUSA, #kerastaseusa, #influenstervoxbox
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Todays lip combo MAC soar and Japanese Maple. Love. #lipcombo, @maccosmetics
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Monday, September 7, 2015

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Sock monkeys rule! No space for big sis. #sockmonkey #sockmonkeys #littleboy #bestfriend
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Sunday, September 6, 2015

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Dear lashes, it's been a while. Love you. XOXO, -E. Dear daughter, thank you for letting me put you down long enough to put on lashes. Love you, XOXO. @houseoflashes #houseoflashes #falsies #noirfairy #getonmylids
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